If after the word sun (in the following sentence) there was an exclama...

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If after the word sun (in the following sentence) there was an exclamation mark, would you put it in at all, and if so then where?
As the narrator explained, "The river was grayish-blue in the afternoon sun" (116).

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If you want to keep the sense of excitement that the narrator wanted to convey, keep it inside the quotation marks but then put the period after the parenthetical as well

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No